Shortly after I got up this morning I received a call from Coffee and Critique co-founder and my best writing buddy, Lou Turner, telling me that Nick Nixon was going to stop by our critique group today for a visit.
Nick is a gifted writer, award-winning songwriter, and chart-topping Country entertainer who has belonged to our group for several years.
Since then, he has entertained and inspired us with his beautifully written, passionate, and humorous essays at our Tuesday morning meetings.
To say Nick has a way with words is an understatement. He also gives thoughtful and spot-on critiques.
Several months ago Nick informed us that he was diagnosed with cancer, so he hasn't been able to attend our group regularly for some time, but we've kept in touch with him through calls and e-mails -- and we've always kept a seat for him at the table.
This morning Nick, his lovely wife Kim, their beautiful daughter Autumn Rose, and Nick's good buddy Nick Berry (in the photo on the left) who is visiting from Ohio, graced us with a surprise visit.
Nick read an essay about his first paying gig as a Country singer. It was a delight! He also gave comments on stories other writers read.
Before they left, I managed to snap a few photos, and Kim took a couple more of our group members who were present today.
Those in the group shot are (from left): Stan, Janet, Bill S., John, Rebeca, Doyle, Nick B., Lou, Nick, Donna (me), Marcia, and Bill M.
I think these photos capture the joy of the occasion.
Thanks, Nick and family for sharing your time with us.
You are the best!
We hope you'll come back and visit us soon.